Informative meeting in Athens, ahead of UNGASS 2016 – Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

Athens, 8 April 2016

On April 7 (World Health Day), the open informational meeting on the occasion of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS 2016) organized by DIOGENIS-Drug Policy Dialogue, concluded in great success, with the participation of more than 50 guests.

Attended the event were representatives from civil society organizations, local authorities, secondary education, professionals working in the field of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and social reintegration, and from the office of the National Coordinator for Drugs.

During the meeting, lots of information, suggestions and experiences were presented by the speakers and the participants on the background, objectives, preparations and expectations concerning the upcoming UN Special Session on Drugs, the current drug policy and the challenges both in international and national level. As a result, the discussion revealed the need to create a statement which will include the main proposals raised during the meeting, to be taken into consideration by the Greek representation at the UNGASS 2016, which will be sent within the next few days to the relevant government agencies.

We sincerely thank the speakers and the participants for their strong disposition to engage in understanding all the aspects of the phenomenon. While, highlighting the need for similar open dialogues in the future, towards an holistic approach when addressing the issue and drug policies which are health- and human rights-oriented rather than repressive or punitive.